The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.The Salvation Army of Georgia 2022 Annual Report
FROM THE DIVISIONAL LEADERS
Dear Friends of the Army,
In the ancient world, an army would march in battalions under a specific flag or banner. Each unit had its own banner that was meant to clearly identify them. The banner or flag over our lives that identifies who we are and where we are going in our life is Jesus’ love.
The Salvation Army’s mission is a simple one: to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serve others in His name without discrimination. When we serve in the name of Jesus, we share God’s unconditional love with a world that desperately needs it. It is a love beyond hunger, beyond shelter, and beyond disasters both personal and natural.
As a faith-based social services provider, The Salvation Army is uniquely suited to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements in individuals and families.
Millions of Georgians continue to face incredible financial struggles and uphill battles of poverty. Some are trapped in intergenerational cycles of poverty. Others labor in low-wage jobs without the education or training needed for employment in today’s job market.
Single mothers, those challenged by addictions, and the recently incarcerated also face unique challenges.
In the face of these heartfelt needs, The Salvation Army stands ready to serve all with the love and support they need to find a new way forward.
But we cannot do it without you.
We are indebted to all those who have supported the ministry, programs, and services of The Salvation Army in Georgia with their time, talent, and treasure. Thank you for believing in the mission of The Salvation Army and trusting us with your confidence and contributions.
In the love of Jesus,
THE SALVATION ARMY
AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
TheSalvation Army was founded in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, gave up the comfort of his pulpit and decided to take his message into the streets where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
His original aim was to send converts to established churches of the day, but soon he realized that the poor did not feel comfortable or welcome in the pews of most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England. Moreover, regular churchgoers were appalled whe these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship. So, Booth decided to found a church especially for them — the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly, and Booth’s faith in God remained undiminished.
In May 1878, Booth summoned his son, Bramwell, and his good friend George Railton to read a proof of the Christian Mission’s annual report. At the top, it read: THE CHRISTIAN MISSION is A VOLUNTEER ARMY. Bramwell strongly objected to this wording. He was not a volunteer; he was compelled to do God’s work. So, in a flash of inspiration, Booth crossed out “Volunteer” and wrote “Salvation.” The Salvation Army was born.
By the 1900s, the Army had spread around the world. The Salvation Army soon had officers and soldiers in 36 countries, including the United States of America. This well-organized yet flexible structure inspired many muchneeded services: women’s social work, the first food depot, the first day nursery, and the first Salvation Army missionary hospital. During World War II, The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces, which led to the formation of the United Service Organizations (USO).
Today, The Salvation Army is stronger and more powerful than ever. Now, in over 132 countries and five continents worldwide, The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, guided by faith in God and love for all people.
“THE GREATNESS OF THE MAN’S POWER IS THE MEASURE OF HIS SURRENDER.”
- GENERAL WILLIAM BOOTHThe Salvation Army of Georgia 2022 Annual Report
THE SALVATION ARMY
Since 1890, The Salvation Army has provided a strong and capable witness in the state of Georgia with a continuingly expanding program. Now there are camping programs for underprivileged children and youth, emergency food, shelter, and assistance programs, Christmas toys and food for tens of thousands of our neediest neighbors, shelter for people experiencing homelessness, youth sports teams, gang prevention and intervention, infirmary care for the homeless, veterans services and ministry to military families, senior services and visitations, shelter, and services for pregnant and atrisk girls… and new service opportunities keep arising.
Today in Georgia, there are 24 Salvation Army Corps Community Centers, 24 Service Units, and 17 Service Centers that provide services in areas throughout the state, 32 Family Stores, two Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, one Corps Salvage and Rehabilitation Center, three Boys and Girls Clubs, 11 emergency shelters, a state-wide disaster response program, and numerous other programs and services.
Every year, the services and programs provided by The Salvation Army are in great demand. Continued financial support from the community is crucial through donations from individuals and corporations and funding from foundations and grants. The Salvation Army graciously accepts these gifts and responsibly shepherds them to the neighbors who need them most. Fiscal responsibility is steadfast; for every dollar donated, more than 82% goes directly to programs and services.
PEOPLE HELPED THIS YEAR IN GEORGIA
Many think of The Salvation Army as bell ringers, red kettles, and thrift stores. Few know the role we play in helping suffering humanity throughout the year. A warm bed or meal is just the beginning for the people we serve. The Salvation Army is focused on helping them break the cycles of poverty, domestic abuse, addiction, isolation, and more—serving the whole person emotionally, physically, and spiritually
When you give to The Salvation Army, you show love for your neighbors in need every day – Love beyond hardship, unexpected crises, and disaster. And in 2022, your generosity — along with the strong support of our partners — helped The Salvation Army of Georgia serve 1,218,830 people, providing them with the vital hope and help they needed.
Love Beyond Tragedy - The essential goal of The Salvation Army is to touch human lives at the point of greatest need - to be a shelter in the storm. The storms may be natural; they may be personal. It may be a child needing guidance, a life needing hope, or a community needing help.
Regardless of the source, scale, or scope of human tragedy, our focus remains the same; serving the most people, meeting the most needs, and doing the most good.
Love for All - Youth of all ages come through our doors. Some want to learn a new skill. Some need an adequate dinner or help with homework. Others just want to have a conversation. No matter the need, we see each child’s potential and help them see hope for a bright future through our Youth Services.
Love Beyond Economic Hardship -
In these times of economic stress, The Salvation Army is there to help meet basic needs. Whether it’s a bag of groceries to get through the week, a hot meal, housing or homeless services, or assistance paying an outstanding bill, every county in Georgia has a Salvation Army representative ready to help.
Love Beyond Disaster - When disaster struck Northwest Georgia with flooding and the threat of regional contamination of the water supply, The Salvation Army was there to help those impacted. A specialty of The Salvation Army that made it a critical element in a successful disaster response was its trained and certified food service fleet. The Salvation Army of Georgia has 26 Emergency Disaster vehicles strategically placed throughout Georgia.
Love Beyond Daily Struggles -
Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. However, families that struggle to meet the financial demands of day-to-day life question how they might provide gifts for their children on Christmas Day. Thanks to the supporters of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, thousands of children in Georgia find joy under their Christmas tree each year.
A SHELTER IN THE STORM
There’s a silent threat affecting the peace and tranquility in our homes. Millions are affected. Thousands hospitalized. Too many are lost.
In Georgia, 1 in 4 women are impacted by domestic abuse each year. Domestic abuse is not an argument that escalates out of control. It’s one partner in an intimate relationship asserting control over the other. It’s about power and control.
Last year, over 40,000 family violence incidents were reported to Georgia law enforcement officials. Abuse behavior can take many forms – there is no typical victim of domestic violence – it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
For victims of domestic abuse, asking for help may be the most difficult and scariest decision they will ever make. But often, it is the most positive, life-changing decision they will ever make.
Before coming to The Salvation Army’s Warner Robins Safe House for those impacted by domestic violence, Kwandesha didn’t know how she and her four children would survive the storm of emotional and domestic abuse she was going through.
“I cried and worried about how my life was going,” said Kwandesha. Despite calling numerous shelters in the area, she was running out of options and time.
“I was stressed out and wondering how to make it with my kids, " said Kwandesha. " I knew I couldn’t give up. That’s when I finally found The Salvation Army of Warner Robins Safe House – a shelter for those impacted by the trauma of domestic violence.”
When Kwandesha discovered The Salvation Army’s Warner Robins Safe House, they arranged a sameday arrival for her and her four children. “When we got there, they treated us as one of their own,” said Kwandesha, “They made us feel very comfortable.”
Soon, Kwandesha’s emotional well-being began to improve and, within a month, the staff at the Safe House was able to help her secure her own home.
Even after Kwandesha left the shelter, the help from the staff at The Salvation Army Safe House continued to help her and her children by providing groceries and furniture for her home.
“We guided her through that process and jumped any hurdle we came across to assist her in establishing herself,” said Jacqueline Rivera, Executive Director for The Salvation Army’s Safe House. “Kwandesha went from not having any support system to now standing on her own two feet, finding employment, and having her own home and vehicle. It is rewarding to watch her shine now like she is.”
“The Salvation Army of Warner Robins staff are still here for us if we need them,” says Kwandesha. “I’ve learned how to know my worth, and I’ll always appreciate the support system that The Salvation
Programs and Services
257,941 NIGHTS OF SHELTER PROVIDED
14,975 MEALS. DRINKS AND SNACKS SERVED
CLOTHING ITEMS DISTRIBUTED
1,693 SESSIONS OF BRASS, STRING AND CHORAL MUSIC ACTIVITIES
HUNGER AND NUTRITION
664,227 NUTRITIOUS MEALS
52,765 GROCERY ORDERS PROVIDED
175,416 TOYS DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY’S ANGEL TREE PROGRAM
16,799 INDIVIDUALS RECEIVED A PERSONAL VISIT
113,398 HOURS OF SERVICE
FELLOWSHIP & PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS
2,980 TOTAL ATTENDANCE
1,218,830 TOTAL PEOPLE SERVED
THANKS TO YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, LAST YEAR 1,218,839 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE HELPED IN GEORGIA
SERVICES OF THE SALVATION ARMY OF GEORGIA
The Salvation Army of Georiga provides programs and services that strengthen the body, mind and spirit.
Rent/Mortgage/ and Utility Assistance
Music & Arts Programs
Job Training Character Building
CORPS COMMUNITY CENTERS
60,005 PEOPLE/MONTH TOOK PART IN WORSHIP AND PROGRAMS
13,617 PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
91,763 INSTANCES OF EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (RENT, UTILITIES, PRESCRIPTIONS, TRANSPORTATION, AND MORE)
Emergency Disaster Services
Substance Use Disorder (clinical & work therapy)
Health & Wellness
Sports & Recreation
Pastoral Care & Counseling
Men’s & Women’s Ministries
For a more detailed description of services and a schedule of local program offerings at a Salvation Army location near you, visit SalvationArmyGeorgia.org or call 770-441-6200.
Annual Financial Report | Fiscal Year 2022
“Not everybody’s story looks the same,” says Kristie Wood, the Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta, whose story and path to The Salvation Army began on the streets.
In 2013, Kristie became homeless after leaving a turbulent relationship. “It wasn’t because of addiction or being ‘lazy,’” says Kristie, “Homelessness doesn’t always look the same for everybody. It could be someone you know. That was me.”
“It was a rough time in Atlanta,” she said, “shelter was at a premium for women because one of the other large shelters in the city had closed its doors to women.” That was when Kristie turned to the Red Shield Shelter in Atlanta for help. The Red Shield Shelter provided Kristie the support she needed to move forward.
“During that time, I had an opportunity to get to know God more, to know that my belongings were safe, to have proper shelter and food, and access to a shower; these were things that I took for granted until that point,” said Kristie.
After staying at the Red Shield Shelter for six months, Kristie was hired as a receptionist there. Since then, Kristie earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources and her master’s degree in public administration and is pursuing her Doctorate in Public Administration. Kristie credits The Salvation Army for encouraging her to continue growing in her career and nurturing her spiritual growth.
“I’m a completely different person and much happier than when I came here six years ago for shelter,” said Kristie, “It doesn’t matter who you are. The Salvation Army is there for you.”
“I was petrified, horrified, and completely out of sorts,” says Daryl, a veteran who found himself in Georgia after leaving Ohio. “What brought me here was circumstance. I was tricked into coming to Georgia.”
Despite his uncertainty and hesitancy about his sudden move to Georgia, this all dissipated when Daryl found The Salvation Army of Macon.
“They help veterans find places to live,” said Daryl. “They addressed any social and mental health issues that could have possibly incurred and provided all the necessities to help one get back into the flow of life.”
Soon after coming to The Salvation Army in Macon, Daryl found steady employment after attending a job fair. He states that the Macon Corps workers did everything from ensuring he had the adequate and proper shelter to transporting him to work every day.
“You don’t have to be on the street anymore,” Daryl states as he speaks about his fellow veterans, “You don’t have to do any of that anymore…you can put your mind at ease knowing that you have a comfort zone here.”
When speaking about The Salvation Army, Daryl urges, “I implore you to, first and foremost, pray and ask God to put in your heart to do whatever you can to help The Salvation Army.”
“They’ve allowed me not to get caught up in the madness or worry about a whole bunch of things. They kept me on the right path, and I thank them for that.”
THE LITTLE FAMILY
From the outside, Richard and Antonia Little and their three children seem to be your everyday family. However, behind closed doors, the family of six struggled as Richard and Antonia battled substance abuse.
The road ahead grew rockier for the Littles after Richard lost his job during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and they found themselves evicted and forced to move into a motel. The Littles were desperate to turn their lives around. During a Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) investigation, the Littles recognized the confronting reality that they needed to make decisions and changes that would positively alter the trajectory of their lives.
That is when the Little family discovered the benefits of The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope program at the Rome Corps in Rome, Georgia. After meeting with a caseworker and learning more about The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program, Richard and Antonia decided this was the direction they wanted to go –this was the path they wanted to pursue. The Littles soon moved into a three-bedroom; one-bathroom house provided by The Salvation Army of Rome. There, Richard and Antonia paid a nominal rent that allowed them to put some of the money they saved into a savings account for the family.
Since entering the Pathway of Hope program, the Little family has begun to turn a new leaf: they’ve paid off their past eviction balance, Antonia started college, they have established family goals and a family calendar, and they are staying current with their monthly bills.
“We are not having to ask anybody for money like before," says Richard. "Before we got into this program, we were asking people for $20 or $30 every day just to be able to make it through. The Pathway of Hope program has helped us learn how to control our money, so we don’t go waste our money on stuff that we really don't need.”
In addition to learning how to manage finances, the Pathway of Hope program also gave the Little family the ability to think about finding permanent housing for their family.
“Thanks to this program, we are not always stressed about everything,” says Antonia. “I want to go to college to become an addiction specialist and to work in women's outreach.”
Despite concluding the Pathway of Hope program, the Little family still meets with The Salvation Army twice a month for continued pastoral care. And while Antonia starts her collegiate journey, Richard has found a full-time job that supports the family.
Homeless and wandering the streets of Macon, Georgia, a small family of three sang hymns to pass the time. Then, one night, a man and his fiancée driving by noticed the family and asked if they needed a ride. “He and his fiancée took us to a hotel and told us to see what happens in a week,” said Shuwanda.
As the week passed, Shuwanda and her two children faced uncertainty about their future. The soon-to-be mother-in-law of the man who had given them a ride joined to help Shuwanda and her children.
“Did you know they have a Salvation Army shelter here in Macon?” she said. “Call them and see what they say.”
After calling The Salvation Army of Macon, Shuwanda regrouped and took her family there, and their lives began to change. While at The Salvation Army of Macon, Shuwanda worked closely with the counseling staff to secure housing. “Nobody wanted me before; I was given a chance; this place gave me a chance. I was so glad that we could still go and have a church home,” said Shuwanda, “Even though it’s a shelter, we could still serve God.”
Now, Shuwanda has a home for her children, one of her sons has secured a job, and, thanks to The Salvation Army; they have clothes for work, hygiene items for their day-to-day needs, and a continual Church home where they can grow in their faith.
Get Involved Volunteer
• Make a monetary gift –visit SalvationArmyGeorgia.org to find and donate to your local community Salvation Army location.
• Donate gently used items –call 1.800.SA.TRUCK (728.7825)
• Organize a drive of school supplies, nonperishables, toiletries or other items of need.
• Plan your estate: wills, life insurance, payment trust, annuity, real estate, retirement and memorial giving.
At Christmas season:
• Donate online at: SalvationArmyGeorgia.org.
• Adopt underprivileged children for “Angel Tree” by giving toys and Christmas joy.
Whatever you are passionate about can most likely be leveraged in a volunteer opportunity and there are always opportunities ready to fill.
• Serve on a Salvation Army Advisory Board.
• Serve food for the homeless at a Salvation Army shelter.
• Become a trained volunteer for emergency disaster responses.
• Sort and pack non-perishables.
• Execute a beautifying project like painting, gardening or assembling.
At Christmas season:
• Sort and pack toys for Angel Tree.
• Ring The Salvation Army Bell at a “Red Kettle” location.
Corps and More
Albany Corps Community Center
304 West Second Avenue
Albany, GA 31702
Athens Corps Community Center
484 Hawthorne Avenue Athens, GA 30606
Social Service Office:
Atlanta Bellwood Boys & Girls Club
777 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta Fuqua Boys & Girls Club
405 Lovejoy Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Atlanta International Corps
3771 Central Avenue Doraville, GA 30340
Atlanta Kroc Corps Community Center
967 Dewey Street SW Atlanta, GA 30310
Atlanta Peachcrest Corps and Boys & Girls Club
3500 Sherrydale Lane Decatur, GA 30032
(404) 486-2870/(404) 486-2880
Atlanta Red Shield
Harbor Light Corps
469 Marietta Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Atlanta Temple Corps
2090 North Druid Hills Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329
Augusta Kroc Corps Community Center
1833 Broad Street Augusta, GA 30904
Social Service Office:
Brunswick Corps Community Center
1623 Union Street Brunswick, GA 31520
16 Felton Place Cartersville, GA 30120
Columbus Corps Community Center 5201 Warm Springs Rd. Columbus, GA 31909
Social Service Office:
Dalton Corps Community Center 1109 North Thornton Avenue Dalton, GA 30720
Gainesville Corps Community Center
681 Dorsey Street Gainesville, GA 30501
Griffin Corps Community Center and Boys & Girls Club
725 Meriwether Street
Griffin, GA 30224
Jonesboro Citadel Corps
130 Spring Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Gwinnett County Corps
3455 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Macon Corps Community Center
Macon, GA 31206
202 Waterman Street SE Marietta, GA 30060
Rome Corps Community Center 310 East Second Avenue
Rome, GA 30161
Savannah Corps Community Center
3000 Bee Road
Savannah, GA 31404
Social Service Office: (912) 651-7420
Thomasville Corps Community Center
500 North Madison Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
Valdosta Corps Community Center 320 Smithland Place
Valdosta, GA 31601
Warner Robins Corps Community Center
96 Thomas Boulevard
Warner Robins, GA 31093
Waycross Corps Community Center
401 Ethel Street Waycross, GA 31503
Americus Service Center 204 North Prince Street Americus, GA 31709
Bainbridge Service Center 600 Scott Street Bainbridge, GA 39818
Canton Service Center 251 Marietta Rd Canton, GA 30114
Carrollton Service Center 115 Lake Carroll Boulevard Carrollton, GA 30112
Covington Service Center 5193 Washington Street
Covington, GA 30014 (770) 786-2107
Douglas Service Center 110 South Gaskin Avenue Douglas, GA 31533
Dublin Service Center 2378 U.S. Hwy 80 Dublin, GA 31533 (478) 275-7336
Elberton Service Center 262 North McIntosh Street Elberton, GA 30635 (706) 283-1804
Jackson Service Center 178 North Benton Street Jackson, GA 30233 (770) 775-2940
LaGrange Service Center 202 Church St. LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 845-0197
McDonough Service Center 401 Race Track Road McDonough, GA 30252 (770) 957-8868
Milledgeville Service Center 461 East Hancock Street Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-69407
Newnan Service Center 670 Jefferson Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770) 251-8181
St. Marys Service Center 1909 Osborne Road St. Marys, GA 31558 (229) 386-1503
Tifton Service Center 1205 E. Highway 82 Tifton, GA 31794 (229) 386-1503
Toccoa Service Center P.O. Box 1094 Toccoa, GA 30577 (706) 886-5293
Vidalia Service Center 220 Mose Coleman Dr. Vidalia, GA 30474 (912) 538-8203
William Booth Towers 1125 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404 875-7495